Solitude

Solitude

Then, because so many people were coming and going that

they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come

with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31

When you were a small child, you may recall your parents telling you to “Stop, Look and Listen” as you approached an intersection to cross the street. Before you crossed the street, they wanted you to

  1. Stop before you stepped into the street
  2. Look both ways before you decided it was safe to cross the street
  3. Listen for the sound of an approaching vehicle from either direction

This is still good advice today! One of the habits Lead Like Jesus recommends is the practice of solitude. It is during the time of solitude that we …

  1. Stop from the chaos of our lives and make certain that we hear what God is saying
  2. Look at all the wonders that God has created to satisfy a longing in our hearts
  3. Listen to the words of life from the Lord and His Holy Word – the Bible

One of the habits Lead Like Jesus recommends is the practice of solitude.

In the beginning of practicing solitude, you may find that your mind wanders or that you have a hard time focusing. This is perfectly normal. Most of us, if we are honest, will admit that this is or was true for us. When you catch your mind wandering, ask the Lord to help you focus. Tell Him that you want to hear from Him.  Also, don’t start off thinking you can do this for an hour or even 30 minutes. Start with five minutes as your goal! As you improve, you can increase this time incrementally.

If you have participated in the Lead Like Jesus Encounter, you may have experienced a time of solitude. You would begin by focusing on Psalm 46:10a – “Be still, and know that I am God!” It’s a good place to start! Then you would surrender your current cares and challenges of life to the Lord. Next, you would ask the Lord to fill you up with Himself. Then, you would take a 15-minute walk alone where you would stop, look and listen for the sweet words of the Lord.

If you’ve not done this before or if it’s been a long time, why not start now to rid yourself of your concerns and let God fill you with Himself. You will be glad you did!

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Karen McGuire

Karen McGuire came to Lead Like Jesus in February 2004 following the first Lead Like Jesus Celebration in Birmingham, Alabama, in November 2003, where she served as the volunteer coordinator. She comes with vast experience in local church ministry and denominational work and has been instrumental in the formation of several successful nonprofit ventures, including two churches, a seminary, a medical missions organization, and a welfare-to-work program. Karen served on several church staffs, held many volunteer positions in her local church, and is a Bible study teacher and seminar and retreat leader. She has one son and two young adult granddaughters.

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